This seminar explores the salience of Theodor Adorno's work for engaging with the emerging language of collapse, catastrophe, and crisis in literary studies and the humanities as a contemporary problem. Compared to other scholars whose work on empire, states of exception, and neoliberal governmentality seem more timely, Adorno is not often invoked in recent discussions of crisis.
Epistemic shifts are themselves inherently violent and the uncertainty and instability that these shifts produce frequently elicit a violent response. This seminar intends to put into conversation scholarly works that explore both the representation of violent acts and the violence of representation. We are interested in a diverse conversation across multiple disciplines and seek papers that deal with literary, cinematic, performative or documentary texts.
Is the concept of auteurism still valid for exploring filmmaking in the 21st century? After its introduction by Cahiers du Cinéma in the 1950s, auteur theory became both the predominant conceptual framework for scholarly analysis of innovative filmmakers' work and the heuristic for film appreciation in the popular imagination. Although auteurism has come under sustained attack in recent decades, its allure has persisted – overwhelmingly, we still view films as being the work of a singular creative consciousness.
Insofar as catastrophes give rise to, or are produced by, inhumanity, how is that inhumanity represented in terms of animals and animality? What does it mean to be inhuman and in what sense is it commensurate with "being an animal"? This seminar seeks to explore the association of animality with perpetrators of atrocity, immoral or depraved behavior, aggression and violence, as well as with victims of such violence—with both inhuman acts and inhumane conditions. How, and with what consequence, is such language used to represent "wild" or uncivilized acts, beyond the reach of moral reason or human understanding? What does such language (mis)recognize about the instincts of humans or other species?
Major Minors: Neglected and New Issues in Literary Studies
The 22nd Annual Graduate Student Mardi Gras Conference
at Louisiana State University
LSU Student Union
February 16th & 17th, 2012
Keynote Address by Meredith L. McGill, Rutgers University
SETC Theatre Symposium Volume 21:
Ritual, Religion, and Theatre
The Abydos Passion Play. The Dionysian festivals. Yaqui deer dances. Maypole dances. Mystery plays and Noh drama. Theatre of Cruelty, Poor Theatre, Total Theatre. Whether or not theatre arose from ritual and/or religion, from prehistory to the present there have been intriguing connections among these types of human activities. The 2012 Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) Theatre Symposium will focus on the varied connections, intersections, appropriations, and clashes between ritual, religion, and theatre. Possible topics:
diacritics is launching a mini-series of thematic issues entitled "More than Global," to be published in volumes 41 and 42. "Humanists" may be facing an urgent task, or the discontinuous writing of what Susan Buck-Morss recently named a non-synthetic but "syncretic" take on world history and cultures. In this mini-series, we would like to bypass comparison, and go "more than global," in connecting discrete texts, phenomena, periods, images, languages, places—without unifying them. While certainly keeping in view the discourse of the social sciences, we seek to underscore the specificity of literary, critical, and philosophical thought in any sound attempt at reflecting on what "global" could mean anew.
diacritics is launching a mini-series of thematic issues entitled "Thinking with the Sciences," to be published in volumes 41 and 42. We believe it is now time for scholars in the humanities and the literary disciplines to think with the sciences (and not against, or instead of them). Our title also suggests that epistemology is necessary but not sufficient; and that the promotion of an ancillary use of philosophy and the arts as illustrations or aesthetic adornments for "scientific knowledge" is not what matters. We welcome bold, broad, interdisciplinary, and theoretically sophisticated submissions that could be of relevance to this series.
A Call for Papers
43rd Annual Convention
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York
A Call for Papers (Roundtable)
Using and [Re]Fusing The Bible: Revision and Parody in Medieval Britain
Proposed Collection: Identity and Status in First-Year Writing
Editors: Elizabeth Kimball, Melissa Nicolas, and Karen Schiler